A Message from Defend Our NHS : the days dwindle down … and the CCG venue changes

December 11

Dear friends of the NHS

As you know next Tuesday 11th December is petition day. On that day the thousands and THOUSANDS of names opposing changes to the walk-in centres and other units will be presented to Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group. (At the current estimate about 18,000 more people oppose the changes than said they were “confused” by the present system.)

BUT the CCG has changed the venue. It’s now in the Exmouth Suite, The Lauries, 142 Claughton Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 6EY (1pm – 4pm).

We hope we will see you there to show the CCG the strength of feeling.

And remember the petitions are not only opposing the changes; we are also demanding that the CCG should “organise an accessible public meeting in every Wirral council ward attended by a member of CCG staff and a Wirral Council representative to discuss the views of Wirral residents relating to proposed changes to health and care services”.

Meanwhile, today Nottingham Council has withdrawn in disgust from the integrated care process because of the “democratic deficit”. This is the process to which Wirral Council has signed up but which some councillors are now fiercely opposing. It’s also the process to which a legal challenge has been mounted with our support.

To find out more about any of the above issues please visit our Facebook page.

Meanwhile a reminder about this Saturday:

Please note and circulate this widely.

Saturday 8th December

Because of logistical difficulties SATURDAY’s MARCH in Birkenhead is CANCELLED.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

But please note the following:

The rally at 11.00am on Saturday morning  8th December  is being organised by the Miriam Centre and is going ahead (but is limited for space). Please remember that this is a normal working day at the Centre which will be busy with patients. We must respect this and not interfere in any way with the venue, entrances, parking etc. We are there to offer our support and solidarity to the doctors and other staff seeking to preserve a vital part of our NHS. If you are attending the rally please don’t bring banners etc. If there are too many people for the room there will be an overspill meeting; if this is the case we’ll walk two minutes down the road and into Birkenhead Park.

Best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

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A festive message from Defend Our NHS : one last effort before Christmas (then celebrate with us!)

Dear friends of the NHS

Here are some reminders of events which really need as much support as possible. Please attend and/or share this information.

Wednesday 21st November 7:00pm St Albans Parish Centre, Liscard. Public meeting to save our walk-in centres AND other public services. DONHS will be speaking.

Tuesday 27 November 4:00pm: Wallasey Town Hall. Wirral councillors meeting to decide how/whether to untangle the mess into which local decisions have put the NHS. In officialese it’s the ‘Section 75 call-in’ meeting. We are organising a mass lobby because Wirral Council really does need to throw into reverse its collaboration with government plans. Its scrutiny committee has rightly condemned the plans for our walk-in centres. But these are only a part of the overall strategy of STP (‘slash, trash and privatise’) and ‘[un]accountability’ and ‘[dis]integration’.

Thursday 6 December 6:30-8:30pm: Wallasey Town Hall. Wirral CCG (the local arm of NHS England) is holding its final public meeting of the year – the first since it said it would ignore the Council’s demand to halt the walk-in process. We’ll be there.

Saturday 8 December 11:00am: rally supported by local GPs (90% of whom oppose the CCG’s plans) at the Miriam Health Centre, Laird St, Birkenhead.  Following the rally we will march to Hamilton Square.

Tuesday 11 Dec 1:00-4:00pm: Birkenhead Town Hall. CCG Governing Body meeting. All campaign petitions will be handed in at this meeting. There should be lots of media interest and GPs and campaigners will be attending in large numbers.

Later that evening is the DONHS informal Christmas get-together. We’ve cancelled the event for which you’ve already received an invitation because of problems with the venue. Instead from around 7.00pm we’ll be in ‘The Shrew’ pub in Oxton, Birkenhead:

Best wishes and thanks for all your support

On behalf of Defend Our NHS

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Wirral and the NHS: WHOOPS Apocalypse!

Whoops

The latest news from Defend Our NHS Wirral includes news of  not to be missed upcoming meetings starting on Monday. We didn’t know what the WHOOPS acronym stood for but if was about preventing an an apocalypse of the NHS we were all for it.

We’ve since found the answer :

WHOOPS = Wallasey Hands Off Our Public Services
Apocalypse = Wirral Council + NHSE (know locally as the CCG!)

 

Dear friends of the NHS

You’ll soon receive an invitation to the DONHS Christmas party in Birkenhead.

Meanwhile there’s work to be done!

We need to save our Wirral walk-in centres! Make the CCG (Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group) change their plans. 90% of Wirral GPs (your doctors) think the proposals don’t make sense.

How can we make a difference?

o       WALLASEY: MONDAY!!! Special Meeting, Adult Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee Monday, 12th November 2018 6.00 p.m. Committee Room 1 – Wallasey Town Hall – Wirral councillors discuss the walk-in crisis.

o       BIRKENHEAD:  CCG: Tuesday 13th November 1:00pm: Birkenhead Town Hall.

o        BIRKENHEAD: CCG: Tuesday 13th November 6:30pm: Birkenhead Park Cricket Club.

o       LISCARD: Wednesday 21st November 7.00pm: Public meeting: DONHS and WHOOPS discuss the threat to public services including the walk-in centres: St Albans Centre, St Albans Road.

o       WALLASEY: Tuesday, 27th November 2018 4.00 pm: Wirral councillors discuss the mess they’ve got us into!!! Call-In, Adult Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Wallasey Town Hall.

o       WALLASEY: CCG: Thursday 6th December 6:30pm: Wallasey Town Hall.

o        BIRKENHEAD: all campaigners and local doctors: Saturday 8th December: SEE FACEBOOK AND EMAILS FOR DETAILS: meeting from 10:00am at the Miriam Medical Centre (with coffee provided by the Centre) to discuss our campaigns and action on 11th December (below). Ending with soup and sandwiches AND a march into Birkenhead town centre.

o        BIRKENHEAD: CCG: Tuesday 11th December: 6:30pm : Birkenhead Town Hall. THE PETITIONS WILL BE HANDED IN.

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Defend Our NHS News Update

NHS

Our friends at Defend Our NHS (DONHS) have been very prolific this week. Here are their 3 latest missives in chronological order . Number 3 is of particular interest to Wirralian NHS defenders:

1

Dear friends of the NHS

There is so much to tell you! Many developments are affecting our health service – most making the crisis worse – and it is difficult to know where to start.

  1. But first, can I introduce myself? DONHS held its AGM last month, the constitution was approved, and a new ‘executive team’ were elected. I am the chair this year and am looking forward to the challenge; the full list of team members is below*. Rest assured that DONHS will continue to operate as a democratic collective organisation.
  2. Our aims were agreed at the AGM. They are:
  3. To campaign to maintain or reinstate the National Health Service as a universal comprehensive service,publicly owned, publicly funded and publicly accountable, free at the point of need and funded from general taxation.
  4. To campaign for this aim particularly in Wirral, Merseyside.
  5. To do this in collaboration with other similar campaigns locally and nationally.
  6. To educate and inform to this end.
  7. TheAGM and a social event were held on the 70th birthday of the NHS. They followed a wonderful ‘picnic in the park’ in New Brighton when hundreds of people, young and old, spent a happy sunny day together, listened to lovely music, and shared a giant birthday cake. First in the queue for a slice were people born in 1948.
  8. Following the introduction of new data protection arrangements we emailed everyone on our list and asked people to positively subscribe to our aims and agree to remain in our database. You are one of 312 (at the time of writing) who chose to do so.All email communications will continue to be as ‘blind’ copies. There are also more than 2900 Facebook ‘friends’.
  9. That has been the good news. The remainder is rather bleak: nationally – and here in Wirral where most of our supporters live. Unbelievably Wirral Council, despite having resolved less than two years ago, to oppose the ‘STP’ and ‘accountable care’ system is now operating jointly with Wirral CCG to implement both. The names have been changed as part of the whole process of stealth and obfuscation. But ‘integrated care’ and ’place-based care’ still amount to the same: slash, trash and privatise.
  10. We are doing two things locally to oppose this betrayal and blatant ‘official’ disintegration of the NHS. In October there will be a crucial meeting of the Council/CCG Joint Strategic Commissioning Board. We will be there to make our views very clear. Please join us. (Unbelievably they locked us out of a recent Cheshire & Merseyside STP Board meeting so we picketed outside.) And please come to our next public meeting also in October when we will hear much more about this – and continue to discuss the local crisis in general practice.Details will be on Facebook and circulated nearer the time.
  11. Did you know about what was happening in Wirral? Unless you are expert in mining the various web sites you would have no idea about what they were doing to OUR health service. There has been no meaningful public engagement or consultation. We try to inform councillors and will continue to do so but too many have been compliant with their ‘leadership’.
  12. Talking of consultation… NHSE and the Secretary of State have been challenged legally about aspects of their changes and have finally got round to involving the public. The announcement of a consultation was sneaked out on the day that Parliament and the courts closed for the summer. Make your voice heard. How?https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/search/30/Icps and https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/proposed-contracting-arrangements-for-icps/ And watch out for further communications from us and other campaigns.
  13. How to keep up with the changes and how to fight back? Here are just some of the excellent sources of information and ideas:
  14. https://www.facebook.com/groups/defendournhs/
  15. http://999callfornhs.org.uk/999-blog/4583982961/tags/Integrated%20Care%20Systems
  16. https://calderdaleandkirklees999callforthenhs.wordpress.com/tag/calderdale-integrated-care-system/
  17. https://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/
  18. https://keepournhspublic.com/

Thank you.

Best wishes

Frank McEntaggart, Chair, Defend Our NHS

* Executive team 2018/19:

.    Chair: Frank McEntaggart

  • Secretary: Kevin Donovan
  • Treasurer: Joe Kelly
  • External relations officer: Judith Varley
  • Research and policy officer: Celia Kelly
  • Media officer: vacancy
  • Members: Derek Timmins, Tim Watson, Gordon Keegan, Sue Keegan

2

Dear friends of the NHS

Apologies for another email so soon but this from 999 Call for the NHS deserves our support AND action.

Please help with this very important spanner we need to throw in the works.

NHS England is hoping that the consultation silly season will go un-noticed. We’ve noticed – and we want campaigners around the country to band together in fighting back.

Friends in Yorkshire at CK999 have responded to a consultation on the first SEVENTEEN treatments to be de-funded as of April 2019. No coincidence that these are all “elective care” treatments and will be readily available as fee-paying treatments…

(These are in addition to the cuts in Wirral about which we raised the alarm two years ago.)

Please visit this link CK99917 Treatments NHSE plan to cut

The link takes you to more information and you can read the CK999 response which has been prepared with the help of NHS staff.

If you agree with the responses given you can use them as a template for your own response to this travesty of a consultation.

Please encourage others in your network, family and friends to do the same.

Then we need letters to papers, radio shows, and posts on social media.

We will also be producing responses for the other current NHS England secret consultations.

Thank you. We really appreciate it.

Best wishes on behalf of DONHS

https://calderdaleandkirklees999callforthenhs.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/nhs-england-can-stuff-its-plan-to-cut-17-vital-treatments/

3

Dear friends of the NHS

Yes, a third email this week but we just had to share some VERY good news BUT also alert you to developments in the disturbing ‘integrated care’ saga affecting Wirral and many other places besides.

  1. This is the good news. PLEASE share it widely.

You will remember that we have been supporting two attempts to secure judicial reviews of the ongoing damage being done to our NHS.

We have been disappointed at rebuffs in the courts, including on seven distinct legal grounds in one case brought by our friends 999 Call for the NHS.

BUT this week the Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal on ALL SEVEN GROUNDS, with capped costs. This is despite NHS England’s dismissive claim to the Court of Appeal that there was no merit in any of the seven grounds for the appeal.

The immediate impact of this ruling is that NHS England’s consultation on the Accountable Care Organisation contract (rebranded as the Integrated Care Provider contract) is taking place about a contract that may not even be lawful.

Court of Appeal grants NHS campaign group permission to appeal against NHS England’s new Integrated Care Provider contract

  1. This brings us to the second issue.

Wirral Council and the local clinical commissioning group are steaming ahead with their integrated care plans when their fundamental basis may not be lawful.

There has been no meaningful public engagement or consultation about any of this yet they proceed. It could all go horribly wrong – and NHS staff and patients will be the victims of the mess.

That’s why we’ll be at their ‘joint commissioning’ meeting on TUESDAY at 2.00pm in BIRKENHEAD Town Hall.

Yet again this item appears at the bottom of their agenda: That, under section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by the relevant paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) to that Act. The Public Interest test has been applied and favours exclusion.”

Please try to be there.

Best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

PS We have begun a crowd-funding appeal to raise money for our campaign. See this link.

More Transport Trauma

Wirral Screwed 007

Yesterday’s story prompted one of our readers to forward a story from the latest edition of Private Eye which also concerns local transport woes. This particular story is about non-emergency ambulance services.

Strangely this is one that , as far as we know has evaded the local press. However as you can see for yourself it speaks volumes about the shambolic decisions being made Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group and others. And it is you dear reader who pays through the nose for procurement failures and poorer services every single time !

*whispers* The people running the show on Wirral (both at  Wirral Council and Wirral University Teaching Hospital)  don’t know what they’re doing. Just sayin’……….

April Fools

CCG

Whilst we’re familiar with the old refrain – ” April fool is past and gone , so you’re the fool for carrying on….”  we felt that the following leak was too significant to be included in our  Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #10 and have instead chosen to post separately, if belatedly , today :

“I’m not in the Labour Party and have no wish to be drawn into their internal rows. However I notice that the final item in the screenshot in your post below refers to  Cllr Phil Davies vowing  “that Wirral council are doing all they can to stop ACS’s in the NHS…..  

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Some people might say he’s a fool. Others less charitable might say he’s a liar. Some would use stronger language.

He’s opposed to the ‘STP’ (Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships), he’s opposed to the  ACS (Accountable Care System)  , so how does he explain his own Council’s policy to implement both – from 1st April 2018 ?

See the screen shot above from a presentation to staff by Wirral’s  Director of Adult Social Services Graham Hodkinson (who by the way, also from 1st April 2018 , becomes the deputy at Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) , thus committing  Wirral Council into NHS England’s plans to ‘slash, trash and privatise’ the hand that feeds them very well indeed).”

Perhaps Pip can feed this back to the Birkenhead Constituency Labour Party (CLP) at their next meeting or is he quite happy to continue to make fools of both his Labour colleagues and Wirral’s constituents?

 

Defend Our NHS : Heads Up On Pop Up

Our Birth Rights and Wrongs story caused quite a stir . Fortunately there are people better informed than us to to tell you about the pop up /pop out birthing centre in Seacombe.  So we are giving you the heads up about a public meeting organised by our friends Defend Our NHS and to also tell you to watch BBC1 North West Tonight tomorrow night which will feature a report about the opening of the centre and hopefully featuring a well informed ,dissenting voice facilitated by Wirral Leaks.

Dear Friends of the NHS

  1. Please find attached a leaflet for our next public meeting which will discuss the controversy surrounding the new Seacombe ‘pop-up’ Birthing Centre*. Please attend if you can – and share this information widely.
  • Wednesday 28th March at 7.00pm in St Paul’s Church Hall, Church Road, Seacombe, CH44 7BA.
  • Guest speakers: Felicity Dowling from the Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital campaign and Stephanie Miller, retired local midwife.
  1. We had another successful open meeting last week. Those present discussed the outcomes of the previous meeting, which had agreed a set of local and national concerns about the NHS as well as what we could do about them collectively and individually. The results of our deliberations will be available as a file on our Facebook page – and we’ll see the results over the coming months as we continue the fight to defend OUR health service. It all depends on YOU.
  2. Defend Our NHS was represented at the recent second meeting of campaign groups from around the Cheshire and Merseyside STP ‘footprint’. We shared information about how our services are being ‘slashed, trashed and privatised’ and how some councils are collaborating in this.
  3. One thing all local groups are determined to do is celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday – and ensure it continues in good health. Some of our supporters will be attending the massive march in London on 30th June; on the same day many of us will be holding a ‘picnic in the park’: an NHS birthday party with fun for all the family. More details soon.

Best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

Email: defendournhswirral@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/defendournhs/

Twitter: @DefendourNHS

* The centre will be opened by this week, at the invitation of Wirral Council and Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, by Conservative Baroness Cumberlege. We wonder if Wirral Council (which has voted to oppose the privatisation of the NHS) has read this: http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-case-of-baroness-cumberlege-why.html

Seacombe pop up 9

 

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #3

We’ve got stories backing up like a blocked up bog during the plague – and believe us they all stink to high heaven.

However let’s get on with this week’s Wirral snippets :

Rock the Boat 

There has been an interesting development with regards to New Brighton Lifeboat story which we have reported on from time to time. Apparently Wallasey MP Angela Eagle has belatedly intervened to rock the boat and ask some pertinent questions as to what exactly is going on in this long running saga . The Royal National Lifeboat Institution ( RNLI) has rejected Eagle’s claim that a ‘restricted service’ at New Brighton Lifeboat station has had an impact on its life-saving work and patronisingly invited her over for a cup of tea and a chat.  Read here : New Brighton Lifeboat
As ever there is much more to this than meets the eye and one of our long standing sources on the story has written to us to say :

Someone makes a fairly astute ‘comment’ after the end of the (Wirral Globe) article ….yes, why doesn’t Angela Eagle have a word with the Chairman of New Brighton Lifeboat, LABOUR Councillor Tony Jones. As we all know he is the bloke who fucked over the sacked crew in the first place.  And while she is at it maybe she could get Phil Davies to take a bit of interest…..

And so it would appear -and not for the first time – that the Eagle has landed without fully knowing the local background and finds herself out of her depth . Once she finds out we guarantee she’ll retreat to her eyrie
A Direct Approach to Saving Money
After an inglorious history of  DASS -tardly plots to saving money and denying vulnerable services the to which they are legally entitled – unlawful charging, 4 week delays in care packages etc; – we bring you  Wirral Council’s Health & Social Care Service (formerly Wirral Council’s Department of Adult Social Services ) latest cruel wheeze which has been forwarded to us from Facebook.
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Toxic Twins

Evil Twins

We’ve long bemoaned that Wirral’s pre-eminent institutions are virtually indivisible in terms of their toxic cultures. Further confirmation arrived this week :

You may want to ask some questions of senior management at Wirral University Teaching Hospital where I understand that there is an systemic culture of bullying and arse covering at the expense of both patient and staff welfare.
(This week) – management refused …..to classify a matter as a serious incident, preferring instead to downgrade the matter and protect their reputations……… 
the coroner’s findings will be very interesting to all who of us who are obliged to use this failing establishment for their medical needs.
Wirral Leaks asked : But is this a failing establishment or is it being deliberately run down? Your thoughts please. 
My belief is that it’s a failing institution. I don’t believe there is any intention or ulterior motive – certainly not on a regional or national level, it is simply managed by an incompetent team of senior managers, deeply worried by their failings, and consequently under-reporting, buck-passing, and blaming others in a desperate attempt to protect their own positions.
With Wirral University Teaching Hospital and Wirral Council being run in such a similar way are you still surprised that we scarpered? Especially , when coincidentally , we received this ‘ Where Are They Now’ update featuring failed WUTH CEO Len Richards :

Your old mate who I think last featured in your organ in 2012 has rocked up here in deepest darkest Wales as CEO of Cardiff and Vale UHB.

He’s already embarked on a fact finding trip to Canterbury with a small team. (No not Chaucer’s Canterbury, the other one in New Zealand) on behalf of his cash-strapped employer.Thought you might like to be kept informed of how one of your old boys is progressing
This is the problem – bullshitters everywhere. Surely there must be a meme for that somewhere?
Billionaire’s Breakfast Club

WIRRAL ‘SET FOR £1BN INVESTMENT BOOST’

That was the headline in this PR job published this week on the Insider Media Ltd blog  – which was no doubt set up by Wirral Council leader Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies right hand/left wing man Martin Liptrot. The plans were apparently detailed at Insider‘s ‘Invest in Wirral’ breakfast event held on Tuesday, 6 February 2018. No doubt this was followed by a ‘powerlunch’. Unfortunately the headline was far removed from the reality of the situation as what Pip actually said was :

“We are looking at £1bn development opportunities across five areas in Wirral from Birkenhead town centre right through to Bromborough. We’ve never done anything of this scale and it’s a new way of working.The attraction of this model is that we share in profits going forward. It’s important, not only for new jobs and investment, but in bringing in an ongoing revenue scheme for the council….” Full story here :  £Billion Investment Boost

Forgive us but Pip’s ‘Wirral Growth Company’ comes across as a kind of malignant local authority tumour spreading across the peninsula as Wirral Council hawks its tawdry wares dressed up as ‘development opportunities ‘ for  private investors – and all for the sake of a good news story.
Wirral’s disabled : A thorn in the side?

Meanwhile under yet another misleading headline:

Staffing issues force temporary closure of Wirral care home

We have the news that NHS respite service for people with learning disabilities at Thorn Heys  in Oxton is to close temporarily because of difficulties over staffing levels. Yeah right –  as Wirral Leaks readers will know this has been on the cards for some time.

The decision was made by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group so this is something more than just a ‘Wirral care home’. In fact it is another slap in the face to Wirral Council’s pledge to protect vulnerable people following on the closure of respite services at Girtrell Court.

As we reported in our Good Health In Bad Hands post from September 2017 :

However more concerning for us was an issue that received  zero press coverage and caused considerably less outrage among councillors and that was the closure of  Thorn Heys, an NHS respite service for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.  Somebody remind us what was that Wirral Plan ‘pledge’ about ‘protecting the most vulnerable’ again?

 And finally ……as a follow up to this week’s pothole story The Hole Truth we’d like to leave you with this from The Daily Mash which proves the Freudian dictum that there is no such thing as ‘just a joke’ and some things are just beyond parody :  Pothole confident it will survive latest council tax increase

A New Year Message from ‘Defend Our NHS’

 

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Dear Friends,

Happy 2018!

Thank you for signing – if you have – the petition to STOP the new plans to dismantle our NHS. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-plans-to-dismantle-our-nhs

If you haven’t, please do!

Now NHS campaigners have got together with the University of Brighton and the NHS Support Federation to bring you this short survey about NHS changes in YOUR area. The results of the petition will be sent to your local decision makers.

This is a chance for you to make your views known at a local area level at last, whether the council or NHS have asked you or not!!! (Certainly, if you live in Wirral – like many other places, the Council and CCG have been conniving in total secrecy to dismantle our NHS and implement the so-called STP, while hypocritically claiming opposition. Nobody, except those in the conspiracy and those attempting to expose it, are aware.)

A tip would be to strongly disagree with the statements which indicate some sort of cut AND that prioritise financial savings over patient care.

https://healthcheck.nhsfunding.info/survey/

Please take a few minutes to fill it in. Carl Walker from the School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton, says: “I’d be grateful if you could share as widely as possible to friends around the country. We are aiming for 10,000 people around the UK to complete it. Thanks

https://healthcheck.nhsfunding.info/survey/

And remember to share the petition, which is an important indicator of the public’s feeling towards this completely unacceptable, top-down reorganisation involving £22bn of cuts, to the NHS. ONE BILLION in Cheshire and Merseyside alone (as recommended by the infamous PWC).

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-plans-to-dismantle-our-nhs

Here’s to a successful 2018. On 23rd December the lawyers for the campaign group 999 Call for the NHS told them that “a judge had considered our papers and those of NHS England… and granted permission for our JUDICIAL REVIEW to go ahead – some time after 16th February 2018! ”

Another good reason to sign and share this: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-plans-to-dismantle-our-nhs

Happy New Year everyone and THANK YOU!

Best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

‘Hub’ Hubris – The ‘Defend Our NHS’ fight back opens the party season

Hunt

As the  party season arrives here is our first notification from our good friends Defend Our NHS (DONHS) Wirral that they’re organising  ‘a bit of a do’ .

Of course all we can do is sarcasm and satire so we doff our caps to those out there who actually give a damn and go out there and do something about it. They’ve also listed other dates that should interest you if you care about the future of the NHS – including a Clinical Commissioning Group meeting to be held tomorrow (see below).

We would also add that Wirral Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 27th November is a date for the diary for anyone interested in bloody ‘hubs’ and more specifically ‘integrated commissioning hubs’. Sorry scrub that – as you can see all the interesting stuff that affects YOUR life and health will be discussed behind closed doors. Because that’s how Wirral Council roll (over all of us).

STP Hub

Dear friends of the NHS,

First the good news: we’re having a Christmas Party! We wanted to celebrate all we’ve done in the past year and give everyone a much -needed chance to relax from campaigning and to make and renew acquaintances with fellow NHS defenders.

It will be in central Birkenhead on the evening of Friday 8th December. There will be hot and cold food available. If we are to go ahead and make final arrangements, we need to know who is coming AND if you want food. (Food – something like chilli/curry with a vegetarian option – will be available at a cost of up to £10; it could be less if we have enough people. Any extra money will be used for printing leaflets and room hire.)

Only people who reply by 27th November to say they are coming will be sent the final details and ticket arrangements. Email now!

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But now the bad news – and we’re afraid there’s little else.

You will know that our campaigning this year has concentrated on Wirral Council. We wanted them to do a simple thing: to make good on the agreed policy to oppose the so-called ‘sustainability and transformation plan/partnership’ (STP).

They agreed this in December 2016 – yet it took the leader of the Council, Phil Davies, eight months to send off the letter to Jeremy Hunt.

We’ve been lobbying and briefing councillors and pointing out the wickedness of the STP and its associated ‘accountable care organisation/system’.

Only last month councillors agreed that, “This Council will, therefore, remain opposed to changes and savings which place the achievements of our NHS at risk.

The STP would involve £1bn CUTS for the Cheshire and Merseyside area.

The reduced budget will have to pay for social care AS WELL AS our NHS services.

Meanwhile the party to which most Wirral councillors belong has adopted a policy of complete reinstatement of the NHS.

So imagine our surprise when we discovered the following…

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Guess who’s advising Wirral on this? Yes, Private Eye’s old friends, global auditing company Price Waterhouse Cooper– PwC (known in the trade as ‘profits without conscience’). 

On Wirral we have already seen how quickly cuts can be implemented. Eastham Walk-In centre was closed within days with no consultation with the public. We have already been warned about the “really big cuts to come” and everyone has evidence of long delays for appointments, staff shortages, service cuts and rationing.

Thanks to a fantastic community campaign the Eastham centre is to be re-opened. But will this be at the expense of A&E at Arrowe Park?

To compound the misery Wirral clinical commissioning group have secretly agreed to talk to Wirral partners (including the Council) and potentially to send a letter to NHSE requesting Wirral CCG join something called the ‘Capped Expenditure Programme’. If you want to know why this is terrifying read this from the BMA:

Have YOU been consulted on any of this? Does any of it meet the NHS mission of ‘no decision about me without me’?

We are simply flabbergasted – but we will fight back, and we urge you to do the same.

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What can we do if the NHS is to have a happy Christmas?

Join us and fight to reverse NHS cuts & privatisation

      Oppose the STP and ACS

      Insist that your councillors and MPs do the same

      Fight for the full restoration of an effective NHS

      Ensure that the Eastham NHS Walk-In Centre is re-opened without damage to other services (for example NO cuts to Arrowe Park A&E)

       Achieve an emergency £20m increase for Wirral NHS funding

      Come to the CCG ‘consultation’ meeting in Mayer Hall, Bebington from 6.30pm WEDNESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

      Protest at the Wirral cabinet meeting, Wallasey town hall, 9am MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

      Protest at the Wirral council meeting, Wallasey town hall, 5pm MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER

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ALL Wirral councillors have been asked these three simple questions:

  1. Do you support our campaign to stop the STP/ACS and oppose the further near £1 billion cuts? YES/NO
  2. Do you support the reinstatement of our NHS? YES/NO
  3. Will you tell Wirral voters what your responses are in any forthcoming communication? YES/NO

The replies we’ve received so far are very interesting.

And note that all Wirral MPs have been asked to pledge allegiance to the NHS at https://weownit.org.uk/nhstakeback Guess how many have?

IF OUR COUNCILLORS AND MPs FAIL TO JOIN US IN DEFENDING THE NHS WE HAVE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION.

SOME OF THEM WON’T LIKE IT.

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  1. Reply now and tell us how many tickets you want for the Christmas party.
  2. Put those meeting dates in your diary and join us.
  3. Share this email and the information as widely as you can. And finally:
  4. We have been campaigning locally to defend our NHS for almost seven years. We need some new blood in the team who will DO things. If you are as determined as us to make this a happy NHS Christmas get in touch.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                        Best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

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